15 Months of Silence Defense Ministry Knew of Drone Problems

Pressure on German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière has increased this week on revelations that his ministry knew of problems facing Berlin's now-cancelled surveillance drone program over a year ago, but did nothing. NATO now fears that Germany will withdraw from the alliance's own drone project.
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Germany's drone program has cost hundreds of millions and may take the defense minister down with it.

Germany's drone program has cost hundreds of millions and may take the defense minister down with it.

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With reporting by Ralf Beste, Matthias Gebauer, Konstantin von Hammerstein, René Pfister, Gordon Repinski, Christoph Schult and Gerald Traufetter